Quoted from drewbo81:
Let’s celebrate diversity and have these conversations but trying to force it by slinging mud and vitriol is not the way to do it.
I'm not sure if I'd agree that what happened was "slinging mud and vitriol," but regardless of how you characterize it, apparently, it IS the way to do it?
How many people thought about this issue - actually thought about it, instead of going "Breitbart Blog" rant right off the bat - for the first time? How many people listened to a pinball podcast by a woman for the first time because of this whole thing? From this thread, I think you can assume dozens of people were interested in hearing about another perspective, and checked one out, and based on the responses, some people actually listened with an open ear.
This crowd can be a little slow on the uptake so who knows, but I think as a whole, and beyond the knee-jerk defensiveness and dismissiveness and/or hurt feelings of some, in the long run this will turn out to be a good thing.
It's not an accident that our NYCPC 2020 trailer featured a diverse group of people. It's not because we are trying to "force diversity" down anybody's throat, it's not because we hate white men or think anybody is sexist, and it's not to pretend the pinball crowd is something it isn't. It's to accurately represent the community and the people who come to our event, and to show in fact it's NOT just white men. Besides, those ladies PUMP, and having them at our tournament playing in our high payout Dahlia Rowan Memorial Women's Championship along with the other divisions isn't just a cultural asset for us, it's a financial one. "Diversity" is good business dummies.